Title

`Faudrait-il le dire à vous, âEtranger?': enjeux intertextuels dans Vingt Ans de Nguyên Duc Giang

Publication Date

2004

Journal

International Journal of Francophone Studies

Volume

Vol. 7

Issue

No. 3

First Page

169

Last Page

185

Abstract

By reworking the thread of colonial initiation commonly found in French novels about Indochina, Nguyên Duc Giang's francophone novel Vingt ans (1940) draws upon novelistic and colonial intertexts to reflect upon the novel's role both in educating metropolitan readers and as a possible foundation for Franco-Vietnamese relations. Francophone and francophile, the young Vietnamese represented by this novel's Vietnamese narrator seem to exist outside of the colonial context; at the same time, a 'foreign' reader, presumably French, haunts the story through a dialogical, and unstable, relationship with the narrator. The latter provides the reader with familiar landmarks and immediately reshuffles them, thus transgressing the relationship that links him to the reader. In this way, the narrator reveals his ambiguity towards the reader and his/her culture, calling French hegemony into question.

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